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Caprese Chicken Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Created by Mariam E.
Made with just a handful of simple everyday ingredients, this Caprese Chicken Recipe is so easy to make and is made in around 30 minutes! Juicy moist chicken paired with the classic caprese combination of mozzarella, basil, tomatoes, and balsamic vinaigrette is so tasty that your family will be reaching for seconds!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 4 servings
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Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts cut halved lengthwise
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon ground pepper
  • ¾ teaspoon Italian seasonings
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • ½ cup pesto sauce
  • 4 oz fresh mozzarella thick slices
  • 8 cocktail tomatoes sliced
  • 2-4 tablespoon balsamic glaze or balsamic vinegar
  • Basil leaves to garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 F.
  • In a bowl season the chicken breast halves with salt, pepper and Italian seasonings.
  • Heat olive oil and butter in a large ovenproof skillet on a medium flame, add the chicken breast and sear on both sides until slightly golden for 4-5 minutes.
  • Spread a spoonful of pesto sauce over the chicken breast. Top each chicken breast with a thick slice of mozzarella cheese followed by slices of cocktail tomatoes.
  • Place the skillet in the preheated oven for 7-8 minutes until the cheese is melted.
  • Garnish the caprese chicken with basil and drizzle balsamic glaze before serving.

Notes

  • Easily turn this into a chicken caprese salad by serving this up with some chopped greens and by slicing up the chicken to go on top.
  • Make this into a caprese chicken pasta by serving it with some cooked pasta and toss the pasta with the liquid in the skillet.
  • Use an oven-safe skillet as you do place the chicken into the oven. A cast iron skillet is the easiest pan to use. 
  • If the chicken pieces aren’t even in size, I recommend pounding them to even thickness so they cook up evenly. 
  • Avoid overcooking the chicken or the texture will be rubbery. 

Nutrition

Calories: 410kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 105mg | Sodium: 1039mg | Potassium: 524mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1113IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 211mg | Iron: 1mg
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